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Hugo Broos ‘pleased’ with Bafana Bafana’s draw in Ivory Coast

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos was delighted to come away from his side’s international friendly against the Ivory Coast with a 1-1 draw.

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After a less than impressive showing in their goalless draw with Eswatini last Friday, Broos’ charges were far more competitive against the Africa Cup of Nations’ hosts.

Themba Zwane opened the scoring at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan after nine minutes ahead of a 66th minute equaliser from Sebastien Haller.

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Reflecting on the result, a “pleased” Broos explained that his team displayed the kind of strong mentality that means they are ready for their upcoming Soccer World Cup qualifiers.

He said according to the Citizen website: “As angry as I was on Friday, I am pleased today.

“South Africa played a very good game against a very good team. We had a good mentality on the pitch and we played good football, not only in defending, but sometimes in the way we attacked, we put the Ivory Coast in trouble.”

Hugo Broos added: “It is a pity we had a big chance in the second half and didn’t score, that would have been 2-0 and (from there) we should have won.

“But I said to the players ‘try and get a result but first put in a good performance’, and we put in a good performance.’”

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Bafana Bafana are ranked 65th in the world – and 13th in Africa – in the latest FIFA rankings.

Ivory Coast are ranked 50th in the world and ninth in Africa.

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Bafana Bafana’s next match is scheduled to be a home FIFA World Cup qualifier against Benin on 13 November.

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